This Cajun honey butter salmon recipe is to die for! Immerse succulent salmon fillets in a blend of Cajun seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil. As salmon fillets sizzle to perfection, drizzle them with Cajun honey butter sauce to form a velvety, savory glaze. Cajun honey butter salmon is the perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and savory flavors that will satisfy your taste buds and is the right choice for an easy dinner.
Spicy, Sweet Symphony
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Delicious dish: This Cajun honey butter salmon features irresistible bold flavors of spicy Cajun seasoning, honey, and butter to create a tasty meal.
Quick and easy meal: A great thing about this recipe is its simplicity. You can easily prepare it not only as a quick dinner option but also as a fulfilling one. This recipe is also wonderful for dinner parties.
Healthy meal: Salmon fillets are a great source of heart-healthy fats and are rich in Omega-3, making this recipe an ideal option if you are on a strict diet.
Fiery Cajun Flavors, Buttery Sweetness
To make this Cajun honey butter salmon recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Salmon fillets: Buy fresh salmon fillets that have a similar thickness, that’s how the cooking time will be equal.
Cajun seasoning: You can either use store-bought Cajun spices or your homemade Cajun blend.
Olive oil: I use light olive oil to make this Cajun salmon fillet recipe.
Cajun Honey Butter Sauce
Butter: Unsalted butter works well for this Cajun butter sauce,.
Honey: It gives a sweet flavor to the sauce, which balances the heat of spicy flavors.
Garlic cloves: Minced garlic cloves add a huge kick of flavor to this Cajun sauce.
Cajun seasoning: Adding this spice to the sauce will enhance the Cajun flavor in this recipe.
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Southern Charm Meets Seafood Elegance
Sprinkle one tablespoon of Cajun spice mix onto both sides of the salmon, gently rubbing it in. Set the salmon aside.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
While the pan is heating, prepare a small bowl of Cajun honey butter by mixing the ingredients. Set the butter mixture aside.
Place the salmon in the pan and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side. Cooking time may change depending on the thickness of your salmon.
Once the salmon is cooked, reduce the heat to medium-low and pour half of the sauce onto the top of each salmon fillet. Allow the sauce to heat up along with the salmon.
Before serving, pour the remaining sauce on the cooked fish and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and lemon slices.
Use a cast iron skillet or a non-stick skillet to cook the fillet salmon.
Other Ways to Cook this Delicious Honey Salmon Recipe
A great way to make this tasty Cajun salmon recipe is to air-fry salmon fillets. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Then, prepare the fillets according to the instructions above and brush them with a generous amount of Cajun honey butter sauce.
After that, place the salmon fillets in the air fryer basket and air fry for 7-9 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
About halfway through, open the basket and brush extra honey butter sauce onto the Cajun spiced salmon. Finish with honey butter and fresh chopped parsley on top.
Another delicious way to make this Cajun-seasoned salmon recipe is to fire up a grill pan and grill the fillets.
Start by heating the grill on medium-high heat, then spray it with cooking spray to avoid sticking. While the grill pan is heated, prepare the fillets as directed above.
In a small mixing bowl, combine butter and honey until thoroughly blended. Then, generously brush the fish with an easy honey garlic butter sauce.
Next, place the salmon on the prepared grill pan, skin side down. Sear the grilled Cajun salmon for about 4-5 minutes, then flip and brush with extra sweet honey butter sauce. Cook the grilled salmon for a further 6–8 minutes or until it is cooked through.
Southern Charm on a Plate
What to Serve with Cajun-Crusted Salmon
Fresh salads are a favorite way to enjoy Cajun-crusted salmon, as they have an irresistible, refreshing kick. Try it with Easy Refreshing Pomegranate Salad, Gluten-free Tabouli Salad | Easy keto Tabbouleh, Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad, and enjoy a healthy easy weeknight meal.
A great satisfying option to pair them with Cajun salmon fillets is rice. This combination will save you on special occasions and family gatherings as it is enjoyable and fulfilling. Pair it with 3 Ingredient Vermicelli Rice in Instant Pot, cauliflower rice, brown, or white rice.
You will also love to serve this salmon main dish with roasted vegetables, like sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, etc. Here are some yummy suggestions for you: Easy Air Fryer Asparagus Parmesan, Fresh Green Beans in Air Fryer, Air Fryer Crispy Broccoli with Parmesan, Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes, etc.
This mouth-watering salmon dish also goes well with Charred Corn Salsa and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lime juice. Enjoy!
The Cajun Crown Jewel: Honey Butter Salmon
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
Don’t have ready-store-bought Cajun spices? No worries! You can simply make your own delicious Cajun seasoning blend. It is an aromatic blend that will add a unique flavor to your Cajun recipes.
- One tablespoon smoked paprika
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- ½ tablespoon dried thyme
- ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- Pat dry salmon fillets with paper towels to ensure that the seasoning sticks better on them.
- You can use a whisk or an electric hand mixer to ensure all the sauce ingredients are well combined.
- Don't leave raw salmon at room temperature out of the fridge for extended periods.
- To get tasty crispy skin, make sure to place salmon fillets with skin side down to the pan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cook the salmon until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C) at the thickest part. A good way to know is to use a meat thermometer to measure the inside temperature.
Cajun food is a style of cooking that originated in Louisiana, USA, by the Acadian settlers. Cajun cuisine is recognized for its bold and spicy flavors, which include sausage, seafood, veggies, rice, and spices.
While salmon is a popular choice, you can use other types of fish like trout, catfish, or tilapia with this preparation method and sauce.
Honey Glazed Cajun Salmon Tacos: Transform your Cajun Salmon into delicious tacos by flaking the cooked salmon and stuffing it into soft tortillas. Top with slaw, avocado, and a drizzle of honey for a zesty and sweet twist.
Cajun Honey Butter Salmon Salad: Create a light and refreshing salad by serving Cajun Honey Butter Salmon over a bed of mixed greens. Add cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a citrus vinaigrette for a balanced and flavorful meal.
Honey Mustard Cajun Salmon: Combine honey and Dijon mustard to make a honey mustard glaze for your Cajun Salmon. The tangy-sweet glaze pairs perfectly with the spicy Cajun seasoning.
Cajun Honey Glazed Salmon Skewers: Thread salmon cubes onto skewers, brush them with Cajun seasoning and honey, then grill or bake for a delightful appetizer or party snack.
Refrigerator: Allow the cooked salmon fillets to cool down to room temperature before storing them. Once cooled, store leftover salmon in an airtight container or covered with aluminum foil in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.
Freezing: Transfer your cooled salmon to freezer-safe containers or Ziploc bags and store them in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Reheating: To reheat them, warm salmon leftovers in the microwave for 1 minute or in the oven at 400°F for about 7-10 minutes.
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Cajun Honey Butter Salmon
- 2 salmon fillets
- 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoons light olive oil
Cajun Honey Butter Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
- Sprinkle Cajun seasoning mix onto both sides of the salmon, gently rubbing it in. Set the salmon aside.
- Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- While the pan is heating, prepare the Cajun honey butter by mixing cajun honey butter sauce ingredients. Set the mixture aside.
- Place the salmon in the pan and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Once the salmon is cooked, reduce the heat to medium-low and pour half of the sauce onto the top of the salmon. Allow the sauce to heat up along with the salmon.
- Before serving, pour the remaining sauce on the cooked fish and top with fresh herbs and lemon slices.